John Brownlee, writing for Cult of Mac:
Once logged, Carrier IQ then sends all of this data to its own
servers. That’s incredible. One privately held company that
almost no one has ever heard of has the complete logs of every
email, phone call, web search and text message ever sent or
received by millions of Android, Blackberry and Nokia users.
I don’t think that’s an accurate description of what we know at this point. This stuff gets logged on the device. And Carrier IQ claims that their portal software gives “customers” (a.k.a. phone carriers) the ability to look at this stuff. But I don’t think anyone has shown what gets phoned home.
Even worse? There’s no way to opt out of the Carrier IQ
“service.” On Android phones, your only choice is to root your
phone and replace the operating system with one without the
This is absolutely insane. Apple was practically crucified over
LocationGate, which was just a cache of GPS locations stored on
user’s home machines. Meanwhile, almost every Android phone out
there is reading people’s emails and logging their passwords,
while no one bats an eye.
Apple’s location brouhaha wasn’t even about GPS data — it was only a cache of cell tower locations. The problem isn’t that the news media aren’t sensationalizing this Carrier IQ story. The problem is that they would if it involved Apple.
★ Wednesday, 30 November 2011